Once upon a time, brands made products and consumers bought them. But not anymore. Today, it's all about what people want to buy -- not what companies want to sell. Consumers have very smart and specific ideas about the products they are willing to purchase. And, it's the brands that listen who get their business.
Recently, the annual list of companies with the worst customer service came out and it got me thinking. It's time that marketers seized the opportunity of "helpfulness" and use its value at every stage of the purchase journey, from prospect to long-term, raving fan. All too often, helpfulness is dismissed as a throwaway, when it can be transformed into your most valuable engagement strategy.